Turkey’s Aktif Bank gets approval for $91m in sukuk

Aktif Bank has received regulatory approval to issue 200 million lira ($91 million) in Islamic bonds. The lender will sell the sukuk to qualified investors through its asset leasing company, Aktif Bank Sukuk Varlk Kiralama. It gave no time frame for the deal. Last year, Aktif Bank helped raise a small one-year 100 million lira sukuk for construction-to-energy firm Agaoglu Group using a mudaraba structure. Besides, Turkish conglomerate Dogus Group received regulatory approval last month to raise $370 million via sukuk in what would be the first dollar-denominated corporate transaction of the kind in the country. The Capital Markets Board has outlined new regulations to allow a wider range of sukuk structures.